This blog is about my experiences as an underground food journalist in Southeastern United States and sometimes beyond. It is designed to educate you about what food is growing here; who is growing it; and who is cooking it or making it into alcohol. Occasionally this blog is about people who use green tech related to food.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Susan L. Dykstra Nursery, Hastings, Fla: Datil Pepper Preserves & More
Switzerland, Fla.—Susan L. Dykstra Nursery sells edible plants and Datil peppers. Owner, Susan
Dykstra has been growing plants in Florida for over 40 years. “I’m a big edible
landscape person. It either feeds me or pollinates something,” Dykstra says,
during a recent St. John’s Farmers Market day.
Susan Dykstra at St. John's Farmers Market, Switzerland, Fla.
Miami, Fla., born and raised, Slow Food First Coast member really enjoys her business, “I
grow food for myself even though there is no money in it.” She speaks Spanish fluently. Her mother’s side of
the family came to Florida from Cuba when Batista took over.
is very knowledgeable about edible plants. “Porter weed flowers are
edible,” she says to a customer. But she sells more than plants, she also sells jams, jellies, and fruit butters.
Dykstra tells me Datil pepper (as hot as habaneros) comes in
three color stages with corresponding spiciness, "Green is mild, yellow is
medium, and orange is hot," She only uses green Datil peppers in her canned products like a peach and Datil jam. "People say, 'Where's the regular peach jam?' And I say,'Anyone can make peach jam,'" she says with a smile.
Some of the flavor combinations are lime marmalade, Meyers lemon jelly, Agave plum butter, and no-sugar apple butter. She tries to use local and regionally sourced ingredients whenever she can.
You can find Susan's Nursery products at the Wednesday night St. Augustine Pier Market, and the Nocatee Market on the third Saturday of every month. For more details you can call Susan Dykstra at 386-328-0588.